As the day draws closer to the much-ballyhooed return of Brett Favre to Lambeau Field playing for the *gasp* Vikings, Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt’s office, after requesting suggestions, has been innudated with e-mails from residents detailing the best way to smart-assedly (?) commemorate the occasion.
Among the fans’ suggestions was holding a ceremony to retire the Packers’ No. 4 jersey in honor of former Packers quarterback Chuck Fusina, who threw 32 passes in seven games for Green Bay in 1986 – or scheduling a ceremony to retire No. 4 for Favre and calling it off at the last minute.
Oh, those are some quality suggestions, indeed. But I have one suggestion for the residents of Green Bay and by extension, the entire state of Wisconsin of how you can welcome back your once-worshiped-cum-pariah gunslingin’ quarterback…
GET OVER IT!!
Hey Packers fans, you aren’t the first fanbase to watch someone you considered a hero go play for another team. Do you ever hear a peep out of 49ers fans about how Joe Montana disgraced his legacy by playing for the Chiefs? Granted, Joe Montana didn’t go back-and-forth on whether he would retire or not, essentially holding the 49ers front office hostage and he didn’t sign with a rival team that the 49ers had to face twice a season, sticking a knife in an open wound and twisting it…
You know what? Maybe they do have a right to be a little bitter, but their “woe is us” attitude that Packers fans have been carrying on nonstop about borders on delusional martyrdom fueled by a distorted sense of smug self-righteousness (“we own our team in Green Bay, not like all the other idiot fans in the NFL”) can be a bit much. Yes, I am aware that I “don’t know how it feels” and all that crap, but come on. Enough already.
All I know is it is going to be a sight to behold when Favre makes his first steps on Lambeau Field wearing purple on Sunday. It’s going to be ugly, to be sure.
Fans’ Favre ideas fill Green Bay mayor’s inbox [Sporting News/AP]